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Spiral galaxy NGC 1232, optical image

Spiral galaxy NGC 1232, optical image

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ROBERT GENDLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROBERT GENDLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Spiral galaxy NGC 1232, combined optical image. NGC 1232 is located 20-degrees south of the celestial equator, in the constellation Eridanus (The River), about 100 million light-years away. The central areas contain older stars of reddish colour, while the spiral arms are populated by young blue stars and many star-forming regions. A distorted companion galaxy can be seen on the left side. Image compiled from data from the Subaru Telescope and ESO/Danish telescope at La Silla, Chile.

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